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Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

DFAT puts the brakes on staff cuts

Noel Towell Golden handshake dreamers might have left it too late, DFAT bosses say.

Cut-price protection flagged for Parliament House

A Parliament House security officer keeps a watchful eye on the roof of Parliament House in Canberra.

Noel Towell Half-price security touted for national politicians.

Tony Abbott's indigenous takeover in 'disarray'

All talk: Mr Abbott has emerged as an ideologue.

Noel Towell Prime Minister Tony Abbott's takeover of indigenous affairs is in "disarray", public service insiders allege.

The overpowering scent of the public service


Noel Towell Colleagues' perfume left me permanently impaired, says former DHS bureaucrat.

Public service union furious over Tax Office's Manila outsourcing proposal

Union alarm at move to have backroom taxation functions done offshore.

Noel Towell Proposal to move backroom work to the Philippines angers the CPSU.

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How public service bosses defy Eric Abetz's hiring freeze

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Noel Towell Departmental bosses have been systematically beating the Abbott government's public service hiring freeze from the day it was imposed.

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ATO public servants offered $10,000 to help with move


Noel Towell Sweetener offered to leave regional Australia.

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Parking woes for Attorney-General's staff, who will get no help from the boss

Paid parking in the Parliamentary Triangle has been delayed.

Noel Towell Attorney-General's bureaucrats on their own, as infringement penalties are made public.

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Manila calling for the ATO, Health Department to Bangalore

The ATO is considering an offer from computing behemoth Accenture.

Noel Towell Transnational wants to move Australian data work to the Philippines.

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Bosses tell triangle public servants they're on their own with parking fees

Tough luck: Finance workers at the John Gorton Building will not be getting any parking subsidies.

Noel Towell No help from above for thousands of bureaucrats.

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Former public service head Blair Comley gets new job at NSW Premier and Cabinet

New role: Blair Comley will take over as NSW's top public servant.

Noel Towell Former Canberra mandarin was sacked when Tony Abbott won government.

Public servants hit with redundancy tax shocks

Nasty surprises: Experts are warning public servants to make sure of their liabilities before taking a redundancy.

Noel Towell "Nasty surprises" looming at tax time for departing bureaucrats.

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Tribunal backs government insurer's decision to stop paying for public servant's physiotherapy

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Noel Towell Tribunal backs insurer to cease paying for treatment.

The great public service redundancy rip-off

It pays: to make sure calculations have been correctly done before signing for redundancy.

Noel Towell Departing bureaucrats urged to double-check their offers.

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Retiree warns public servants after redundancy payout shock

Disappointed: Norm Baker was short-changed by nearly $20,000 in his redundancy package from the public service.

Noel Towell Norm Baker trusted his colleagues to get it right; he was wrong.

$4 parking in the parliamentary triangle - but only for defence staffers


Noel Towell Defence staffers to pay just a third of the going rate in the parliamentary triangle.

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Building behemoth John Holland accused of criminal OH&S offences

Noel Towell Building behemoth could face millions in fines over near miss.

Telling-off from boss caused my mental breakdown, says public servant

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Noel Towell ATO worker claimed call from his boss left him psychologically unfit for work.

'Third way' for government services wins Kevin Andrews's approval

Social Services minister Kevin Andrews.

Noel Towell Public servants should form their own co-operatives and bid for the right to provide government health, education, welfare and even emergency services, according to a new report that has won the...

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Why the ATO is losing the battle against the 'transnationals'

The Australian Tax Office says multinational companies are cashing in on their inability to make them pay their fair share of taxes.

Noel Towell Google, Starbucks and Ikea are cashing in on a reduced ATO ability to make them pay.

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